Long Term Emotional Disorders Following Motorcycle Wrecks


November 09, 2013

Some of the most frequently reported motorcycle crash injuries are broken bones, scrapes, road rash and bruising.  These are the kinds of injuries that are typically treated either on scene by medical crews or shortly afterwards in a hospital emergency room. With this type of wound, the problems are visible and the rider has a clear idea of the nature of the injury as well as how long it will take to heal.  But the unfortunate truth for many motorcyclists is that there are some injuries that escape detection right away only to develop into something much worse over time. These types of injuries can be more difficult to treat, and sometimes doctors can only speculate on how long recovery will take – or even if recovery is possible.  This unfortunate category of injury may include brain trauma from a concussion or damage to the spinal column.

Although a broken wrist or sprained ankle will normally eventually get better, a blow to the skull or damage to the spine often grows worse if the condition is not immediately treated. In some cases, a rider may experience symptoms that seem minor at first, such as fatigue or occasional back pain.But by discounting these symptoms and putting off a visit to the doctor, the injury victim may actually exacerbate the severity of the injury. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the best advice is to see a doctor even if there is no evidence of a serious visible injury.

A traffic accident – particularly if you are on a motorcycle – can be a very traumatic experience that not only causes physical suffering but also takes a toll on the rider’s emotions and psyche. Many riders who live through a crash wind up with some degree of anxiety or depression. Problems like chronic fatigue, stress disorders and insomnia may sometimes develop long after the stitches have been removed and broken bones have healed.

The many types of post-traumatic stress disorders caused by a motorcycle accident also result in lost wages and high medical costs. In some cases, rising debt and the pressure it brings can lead to even more anxiety and depression. Over the years, improvements in treatment have made it possible for a lot of riders to achieve full emotional recovery, but effective therapy takes time and does not come cheap.

If you are a motorcycle rider and you have been hurt in a crash caused by another motorist, the difficult symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional consequences of a motorcycle accident can compound your physical recovery and rehabilitation. Our Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers represent clients with issues from post-crash stress disorders.

It is advisable not to wait too long after your motorcycle accident to seek legal advice. Claims studies consistently reveal that when motorcycle accident victims delay too long before seeking legal help, the risk of receiving less than full financial recovery increases because of legal time deadlines and notification requirements in insurance policies, loss of evidence and other related complications.

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If you or your family member has suffered severe stress and emotional disorders because of a motorcycle accident, our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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